Community Intelligence Brief: December 7, 2022

December 7, 2022


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Should Kanye Be Banned from Twitter?

Following Twitter's decision to suspend U.S. rapper Kanye West in response to his tweet featuring an image of a swastika in a Star of David, FSWC's Dan Panneton, Director of Allyship and Community Engagement, spoke with CP24 about the dangers of West's words and the importance of allies standing with the Jewish community against such antisemitism.

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Canada-Palestine MP Group Vows Review After Accused ‘Holocaust Denier’ Attended Event

A spokesperson for MP Salma Zahid, whose Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Group welcomed the editor-in-chief of a notoriously antisemitic newspaper at a recent event on Parliament Hill, told the Canadian Press that the group is "carefully" reviewing how it handles events with outside guests. This came after Jewish groups, including FSWC, and members of the community expressed outrage over the editor's attendance and demanded an explanation from Zahid.

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Man Charged with Uttering Threats Must Stay Away from Jewish Community

A 21-year-old who was arrested last year for uttering antisemitic slurs toward people in Côte-St-Luc was ordered to keep his distance from members of Montreal's Jewish community. During a sentencing hearing on Friday in Montreal, the man was ordered to not possess a weapon, to not be within 200 metres of the Jewish community and to not reference the Jewish community on social media.

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Nike Severs Ties with Kyrie Irving After Antisemitism Controversy

On Monday, Nike announced that it has officially cut ties with NBA player Kyrie Irving. The decision came one month after the company suspended its agreement with Irving after he tweeted a link to an antisemitic movie and refused for a while to say he was against antisemitism.

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Ex-Secretary at Nazi Concentration Camp Says She’s ‘Sorry,’ Requests Trial Acquittal

Lawyers for Irmgard Furchner, a 97-year-old former secretary to the SS commander of Nazi Germany’s Stutthof concentration camp, argued on Tuesday that their client didn't know about the atrocities committed at the camp, asking for her to be acquitted. Prosecutors are calling for her to be convicted as an accessory to murder and given a two-year suspended sentence. A verdict is expected on December 20.

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Israel Is 5th Safest Country in the World for Tourists - Study

According to a recent study, Israel is the fifth safest among the 50 countries in the world most widely visited by tourists, after Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Singapore.

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Report Antisemitism and News of Concern to FSWC

If you would like to report antisemitism or news of concern to Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, please email